WHITE ON BLUE

Whenever I pass a graffiti-adorned or spray-painted wall I’m instantly drawn to it. And I especially loved the color and creativity of the wall in these photos. It was the perfect backdrop for my relatively simple outfit. The top is from one of my go-to brands — Brandy Melville. I especially loved this top because it was a thicker knit material, which is a bit different than the typical paper thin tees from Brandy. The pants were from a Nordstrom Rack in Seattle and they are oh so comfy. The shoes on the other hand left me with quite a few blisters, but hey fashion is pain!

Earlier in the day I had stopped by the open studios at 52 O Street. I spent many days in that building when I interned for Virginia Arrisueño of DeNada, but I never realized how many talented artists, designers and creative minds call the building home. My fiancé and I explored nearly every studio and I left feeling truly inspired. I also left with a DeNada shawl too!!

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Top — Brandy Melville via PacSun

Pants — Happening in the Present via Nordstrom Rack

Shoes — Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal

Watch — Vintage

Necklace — Sundance

Purse — Free People 

WHEAT FIELD

This is one of my absolute favorite dresses because it is so light and comfortable and it is floral. I love anything floral!! It was designed by Christy Dawn Petersen, a multi-talented model and mother. I actually just ordered my wedding dresses (yes there are two of them) from her! To see more of her designs check out CHRISTY DAWN.

I kept this look extremely simple, letting the dress take center stage. I added my new hat, which may not have been appropriate for the weather seeing as it is made of felt and it was nearly 90°, but hey I liked it and that’s all that matters right?

Oh, and it’s really nice having a huge field across from my house. It sure makes for great photos!

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Dress — CHRISTY DAWN

Hat — Urban Outfitters

GROWING UP

It’s amazing how many things have changed over the last month. I graduated from college and for the first time I don’t know what I’m going to be doing after summer. In the past my life was laid out for me. I always knew that when summer ended I’d be going back to school. I had that safety net, but now that net is gone. I don’t have a full-time job yet and I haven’t been great about looking for one either. Part of me is scared. I’m not ready to be an adult. I’m not ready to give up my three or four-day weekends or my month-long winter breaks. But I really don’t have a choice. This is where I’m at right now. Oh and I’m engaged!!

Just a couple days after my now fiancé and I graduated, we jetted off to Hawaii’s Big Island. We spent the first week in Kona and the second in Hilo with some of his friends. That’s when he took me to a private spot overlooking the ocean. It was absolutely beautiful. He set up his GoPro and made it seem like we were just going to take some pictures of us and the scenery, but then he took my hands and said, “I brought you here for a reason.” That’s all it took for me and I started crying. What can I say? I’m a sap! He got down on one knee and gave me the most beautiful ring. And of course I said YES!!

Now we’re back to reality and he is getting ready to start his new job in Virginia while I work at a summer camp in Hershey. I’m currently experiencing some of the best moments of my life — I get to plan my wedding — but I also am experiencing some of the most stressful moments because I’m planning my wedding and trying to find a job.

Growing up is tough, but it’s fun and liberating all at the same time. Some days I wish I still had my safety net to catch me when I fall, but I’m moving on to bigger and better things and I just have to tell myself that everything is going to be okay! I mean, I am getting married!

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BURNT ORANGE

Burnt orange has to be one of my favorite colors. I really don’t own a lot of clothing in this color, but whenever I see something that is burnt orange I’m instantly attracted to it, like a moth to a flame. It’s completely out of my control. I spotted these pants at H&M on Monday and instantly fell in love. Not only are they burnt orange (technically they are dark orange, but po(tay)to, po(ta)to), but they are also the softest most comfy pants. And they can easily be dressed up or down. They are also high-waisted which gives off the vibe that I have longer legs and I’m perfectly okay with that!

I added my cropped Lilou top from Reformation — which I adore — and some black boots and I was set. These pants come in three other colors too and they’re only $30!! Score!

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Top — Reformation

Pants — H&M

Boots — Jeffrey Campbell via Urban Outfitters (similar here and here)

Watch — Vintage

MET GALA BEST DRESSED

I honestly get butterflies when I look through photos from the Met Gala. There are just so many amazing gowns, so many beautiful models and so many talented actors and musicians in attendance. What’s not to love? Last night’s theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. I think some of the ensembles fit with the theme. Others, not so much. But regardless, there were plenty of standout looks! I’m sure by now most of you have seen pictures of Rihanna and Beyoncé (and if you haven’t you can see them below). They definitely stood out, but there were many others including Kate Hudson, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid who made my best dressed list! Check them out!

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Kate Hudson in Michael Kors. This was simply stunning. I loved everything from her hair to her makeup and of course I loved the gown. She looked absolutely gorgeous! This was probably my favorite of the night.

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Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein Collection. She looked like a model. Statuesque, minimal makeup and that model stare. I really liked the color of this gown and the little bit of sex appeal at the sides.

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Lily Aldridge in Carolina Herrera. I love Lily so I don’t think she’d ever not be on my best dressed list, but I truly loved this gown. I loved the pale blue/gray color of the gown paired with the dark lip. Perfection. And did you guys see her fish clutch? Totally adorable!

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Zoë Kravitz in Alexander Wang. I saw her on the E! worst dressed list, but I really liked this look. I thought it worked because Zoë is so bad ass and has a rocker chic style.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Atelier Versace. This is a look that only a model could pull off. With the high slit and cutouts, I definitely don’t think I could pull it off, but Rosie looked gorgeous. I also liked that she kept her hair up because it would have taken away from the dress if it was down.

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Rose Byrne in Calvin Klein Collection. I’m not sure if this was made from leather or not, but the material intrigued me. I loved her loose waves and the deep V of the gown. It was a gorgeous color on her!

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Rihanna in Guo Pei. This was extravagant (just look at that train), but the Met Gala is extravagant so I thought it was fitting. I really liked the color and this was just so Rihanna. She demands attention.

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Jessica Hart in Valentino. It can be hard to pull of a dress that covers everything — the arms, the legs, the neck — but Jessica has those model genes so she was able to work it! I also loved her kitty clutch!

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Jaime King in Jason Wu for Hugo Boss. If it weren’t for the belly, you wouldn’t even know she’s pregnant. Although her dress was simple, I loved it and the color looked stunning on her. I liked that she matched her lip to the gown too.

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Gigi Hadid in DVF. She rocked her first Met Gala, but who am I kidding. She rocks everything. Gigi is too beautiful to ever look bad, but I really did like her dress. I don’t usually see her in vibrant colors like this so it was a nice change! So gorgeous just like her momma!

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Maggie Q in Tory Burch with Dylan McDermott. I don’t think you can truly appreciate her ensemble in this photo, but there weren’t many solo shots of her from last night. I loved that she opted for a non-dress with pants. It was a really unique look which is why I loved it!

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Emma Roberts in Ralph Lauren Collection. This gown looked so luxe. I think it’s the material and perhaps the color. This type of material can be unforgiving, but Emma looked great and super toned.

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Emily Ratajkowski in Topshop. There are two main reasons I liked this dress. 1) the embellished floral design and 2) she wasn’t showing too much skin — which she tends to do. It was a nice change from her usual curve-hugging cleavage-baring ensembles.

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Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors. For nearly any other occasion I probably would have hated this dress, but I really liked it on Elizabeth. I’m still not a huge fan of the color. I think the turquoise blue cheapens it a little, but Elizabeth’s body is killer in this dress and she is exuding confidence.

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Dianna Agron in Tory Burch. I will admit, this was a little blah. But at the same time, I found myself liking it because of the cranes flying across the bottom of the dress. Dianna could have taken more of a risk, but I still liked the gown.

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Diane Kruger in Chanel. This reminded me of her pant ensemble at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. I liked the look then and I still love it now. She is always taking risks and I admire that! I also liked the loose up do. I thought it complimented her attire well.

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Constance Jablonski in Theory. When you’re a model, you can get away with the simplest of outfits because everything just looks so amazing! I mean look at Constance! She is wearing all black and she’s not wearing heels, but she looks great. The outfit also looks super comfortable (and I’m sure some of those other gowns weren’t).

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Carey Mulligan in Balenciage. This was another simple gown, but the embellished collar really did it for me! It added that oomph that was necessary to prevent this dress from being boring.

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Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture. One word: showstopper. She was the talk of the Met Gala along with Rihanna and for good reason. Look at this gown. Look at her body. Look at those shoes!! They had a tiny thin red heel that matched the carpet so it looked like she didn’t even have heels. This was truly amazing. Everything was on point including that ponytail. It made me want to sing “I whip my hair back and forth…”

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Behati Prinsloo in Tommy Hilfiger. I think this dress was velvet and I am partial to velvet so I couldn’t resist adding her to my best dressed list. The cutouts seemed a little risky. I know i’d be worried that a nipple would pop out, but she was probably taped in place. I also like her cat eye makeup!

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Alexa Chung in Erdem. The color of this gown was amazing. So pretty and it photographed really well. The only thing I would have changed was her hair. It looked too undone and didn’t seem formal enough for the dress or the occasion. But I loved everything else, including the shoes!

 

All photos courtesy of E! Online and Style.com